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Could you tell me about "couldn’t quite do stuff" mean?

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Rebecca

"Couldn't quite do stuff" means to be unable to do something or get something done. "Stuff" here just describes things or events in general. In the case of the video, this phrase is referring to him not really being able to get work done for his thesis in the first couple of months. Ex: I couldn't do stuff last week because I was sick. Ex: My car broke down so now I can't really do stuff until it's fixed.

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